Keeping track of your health is hard. The Basis Health Monitor ($200) makes it easy. It's a watch, so you don't look weird wearing it around, and it packs a galvanic skin response sensor to track your sweatiness — and an optical sensor to track bloodflow — to paint an accurate picture of your health. Which means less doctor visits. Which means fewer hours spent looking at the tongue depressor jar.
Leave it to Nike to try and create its own unit of measurement. The Nike+ FuelBand ($150) is a wearable bracelet that uses a built-in three-axis accelerometer to track the time, your daily steps, calories expended, and NikeFuel — a normalized score based on oxygen kinetics that awards points equally regardless of physical makeup. You can track your activity using the Nike+ website by syncing over USB, or hook up with your smartphone over Bluetooth and suck data into an app. Integrated LEDs in the wristband keep you informed of your current status and give you an easy red-to-green goal indicator. Basically, it's everything the Jawbone Up was supposed to be, but wasn't.
Despite its elitist reputation, rowing is one of the most effective workouts around. Now you can get a real rowing experience in the comfort of your own home with the WaterRower Rowing Machine ($900-$2,500). The secret is the machine's WaterFlywheel, which is designed to emulate the exact dynamics of a boat moving through water, and thus offers the peacefulness of moving water, a proper rhythm of motion, and smooth motion not found in typical resistance rowing machines. It'll not only get you into shape, but also prepare you for the day when you win the lottery and suddenly need to find some common ground with your Ivy League neighbors.